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Spectacular and Web of Spiderman Covers

The Other Spider-man Titles – Key Issues

In the comic book community, there are certain titles that rank higher than others.  Maybe they rank higher because of popularity or tradition or more key issues or the creative teams.  With Spider-man books, Amazing Spider-man has always been the top web-slinging title.  Amazing Spider-man (vol. 1) was the first, the longest-running and has the […]

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Great Venom Cover

Why is Venom so Popular?

With the comic book revival of the 90s, few characters are in the same league as Venom.  To quote one of the smoothest poets of the 1990s, “U can’t touch this.”  Those late 80s and early 90s kids who came into comic shops and first saw Venom were like “Booyah”.  If you tried to tell […]

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Hot Batman Comics

Top Batman and Detective Comic Searches

We have been playing with all sorts of search data lately to see what interesting things we can share with the community.  The following list is the top Batman and Detective searches for the first 5 months of 2020.  Some things to consider before checking out this list.  Things that are newer are more likely […]

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Key Comics

What Drives the Value of Comic Books?

Your first response to this question might be upcoming movies drive the value of comics.  You would be partially correct with that answer.  That seems to be increasingly the case.  A collector more interested in obscure books might say rarity.  We’ve all seen marketing like “limited to 100 issues” or “1 of 250 produced”.  Some […]

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Miles Morales Covers

The Rise of Miles Morales

Currently, there is no comic book character hotter than Miles Morales.  (Sorry, Punchline)  To truly understand Miles Morales you need to start in the late ’90s.  During that time Marvel was dying, the Wizard Magazine artificial value bubble had burst.  Marvel filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy and their stories were bankrupt as well.  In that struggling […]

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Marvel Frame variants

Marvel Anniversary Border Checklist

Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve been talking about DC’s variant theme covers.  However, theme covers aren’t unique to DC, in fact, Marvel did it first.  In a different sort of way but they were the first to think of it.  Back in November 1986, Marvel released 29 covers with the same superhero border […]

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DC Bombshell Covers

DC Comics Bombshell Variant Checklist

As I discussed in a recent Movie Variant blog post, DC was testing theme-based variant cover from March 2014 through April 2016.  Arguably the most successful thematic variant was the bombshell variants, that were originally released in August 2014.   Ant Lucia was the cover artist on all issues except for the Batman variant, featuring Joker’s […]

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DC Movie Cover Variants Checklist

Currently, DC and other publishers use variants for landmark issues, 1st appearances and the #1 issues in a title.  There might be 100 different variants for Action Comics #1000 but it wasn’t always like that.  From March 2014 to April 2016 DC was testing theme variants that covered several titles.  So the variants weren’t all […]

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Francesco Mattina Checklist for Marvel Comics

This is the third and final list for Mattina cover art, here is the Mattina DC list and the Mattina Alternate Publisher List. Between these three posts, this list is by far the most comprehensive list of Mattina’s cover art anywhere. There are 143 covers for Marvel alone! Hopefully, this will help all of you […]

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Francesco Mattina Checklist for Alternate Publishers

When you start searching through these issues and titles you’ll discover some rarely seen Mattina covers.  Except for Spawn, everyone knows Spawn from his high profile start in the early ’90s.  It’s important to give some insight into how this is organized.  First, the four publishers are in alphabetical order and then the titles are in alphabetical […]

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